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Seismic Crimes Paperback – April 22, 2016
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The Amazon Book Review
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- "Action packed is the only way to describe this exciting, sizzling love, and adventure story! Between the steamy private scenes and the made-for-TV shoot outs and natural disasters, there is adventure that keeps your heart pumping on every page." ~ Readers' Favorite
- "Watch [Beth and Donovan's] relationship grow, even during times of stress and learn to appreciate the writing prowess of author Chrys Fey in Seismic Crimes." ~ Tome Tender, reviewer
- "This is a fast paced, action packed book that is hard to put down. The earthquake scenes are graphic and the reader really gets a clear image, although terrifying as it is written extremely well." ~ LLEP Review Team
- "The well-choreographed, sexy scenes between the two main characters will keep readers turning the pages as much as the chase and fight scenes do. Fey handles each of these intimate scenes amazingly well, setting a high bar for steamy romance writers." ~ C. Lee McKenzie, author
- "SEISMIC CRIMES is an action-packed novel that contains a little bit of everything. There's the suspense of a crime-fighting story, the adventure of surviving natural disasters, and the passion of romance." ~ Sherry Ellis, author
- "Hurricane Crimes by Chrys Fey is a pure delight. It is a romance first and a suspense novella second, but both are combined in a perfect formula for a wonderful afternoon's reading." ~ Readers' Favorite
- "The characters were interesting as well as appealing. There was a lot of chemistry between Beth and Donovan." ~ Romance Bookworms Reviews
- "Chrys Fey does a magnificent job of starting her short story with the tension needed to hook and keep the reader reading. Her descriptive prose puts the reader with Beth as the dangerous winds escalate, the water rises, and darkness falls." ~ Yolanda Renee, author
- "Short, tense and a perfect way to test out a new romantic suspense series, LIGHTNING CRIMES by Chrys Fey is a quick escape with an electric charge in the air!" ` Tome Tender, book blog reviewer
- "Ms. Fey's strong and compelling visual storytelling coupled with the overwhelming uncertainty facing Beth and Donovan make this a powerhouse novel." ~ InD'Tale
- "As much as I want to say "oh come on, again? Really?" I can't. Chrys Fey is just that good of a writer. These two characters have been in so many disasters that it should be laughable, but the stories are well written, captivating and they grab the reader and draw them in." ~ Amazon Reviewer
- "One tough, yet amazingly intuitive woman and her ever-protective husband and lover will once again stand up to the evil that threatens all they have. TSUNAMI CRIMES is fast-paced, and Ms. Fey's ability to bring the internal fight for survival during a rogue tsunami to life is frighteningly realistic." ~ Tome Tender, book blog reviewer
- "They have survived before, but this time they may not be so lucky...because nowhere is safe when evil comes calling." ~ Tome Tender, book blog reviewer
- "The Disaster Crimes Series has the potential to be a terrific series that is spell-binding and [will] have readers on the edge of their seats." ~ InD'tale Magazine
From the Author
1. How did you come up with the idea to write a series involving natural disasters, crime, and romance?
At first I didn't have the idea. I published Hurricane Crimes and thought that was it. Then a couple readers expressed wanting to know what happened before and after Hurricane Crimes. I pondered a sequel and realized that the story wasn't over...a killer was still at large. As soon as I thought of the second book, the idea of a series bloomed, and I knew they would all feature a different disaster and contain what I love about romantic-suspense stories: crime and romance.
2. How does your work differ from others of its genre?
There are countless romantic-suspense stories, and several take place during a storm, but not many authors have used natural disasters as a continuing theme. Not only that, but on top of the disasters there are also crimes of nearly every kind, which is why my collection is known as the Disaster Crimes Series.
3. The earthquake scene was so realistic. Have you ever experienced an earthquake firsthand?
I have never experienced an earthquake. The closest I got to this was the Disaster! ride at Universal Studios. While you're sitting in a subway train, there's an earthquake and a water main breaks, sending a wave of water toward you. I remember sitting on the side where the water comes and thinking it was going to go over my head.
4. What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I am fascinated by disasters, so I enjoyed learning all about earthquakes: the science behind them, real firsthand accounts, and the aftermath to cities. I created pages and pages of notes.
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Beth and Donovan meet during a hurricane in Florida. The town she lives is is recommended to evacuate, but for a variety of reasons she is not able to. She prepares her house for the approaching hurricane in hopes to try to weather the storm when she looks outside and sees a car careening down the street and it hits into a tree. Concerned, she goes to see if she can offer help and meets Donovan, who she aids in his injuries and has him come into her house. She sees that he is wanted for the murder of his brother, but after he tells is side of the story, she starts to believe he is not the murderer the press is making him out to believe.
That story ends with them being able to find and kill one of his brother's murderers but the second one is still on the loose.
Seismic Crimes begins where basically Hurricane Crimes ends. It gives a little background in case one didn't read the first book in the series. Donovan is on a mission to find the second killer of his brother, and Beth is on a mission to be with him, them having fallen in love over the short course of the first book. Their search for the killer finds them in San Francisco, where in the midst of the search a terrible devastating earthquake occurs. Won't spoil the rest of the book but basically all ends well, except for an ominous phone call Beth gets at the very end of the book.
My take, I liked both books; I enjoyed that Seismic Crimes was longer and went into more character description; got to know Donovan and Beth more in the second book. Chrys writes very descriptively and I felt I was there during the earthquake with the ground shaking. I would definitely recommend both books. They are romance based books and I will give the caveat that there are some lovemaking scenes in the book. I look forward to wherever the series goes next in Chrys' writings with disaster and will definitely read what is next to keep up with the doings of Beth and Donovan.
They've survived a hurricane, but when they travel to San Francisco on the trail of his brother's killer, they're not only pitted against him, but a 7.+ earthquake.
There are two strengths in this story:
One is the non-stop uncertainty in each dangerous situation the two face together and alone. No matter what Donovan or Beth encounter, the reader's never sure either one of them will survive or how they'll manage.
The well-choreographed, sexy scenes between the two main characters will keep readers turning the pages as much as the chase and fight scenes do. Fey handles each of these intimate scenes amazingly well, setting a high bar for steamy romance writers.
Seismic Crimes is a good summer read--quick, exciting and hot enough to make July seem cool.
And that’s just the beginning. Told from both Beth’s and Donovan’s points-of-view, the reader becomes a part of their story. Donovan’s brother was a police officer, like Donovan, and dirty police officers, killed him. Hidden cameras recorded the murder so they had proof of the guilty officers. Beth took one of the cops out, but the other one got away, and Donovan is determined to catch him and make him pay.
The author doesn’t make it easy for Beth and Donovan. They meet one obstacle after another. Will they survive or end up like Donovan’s brother, or will they succeed and live happily ever after? A very good question. Even though there are some violent scenes, there’s also a touch of humor. I really liked Beth and her loyalty to Donovan. The romance between them gives readers a nice change of pace from the action scenes.
SEISMIC CRIMES will keep you reading and wondering if and how the characters will get out of the situations they get in. They’re honest people, likeable but not perfect, which makes them even more interesting. So come along and meet Beth, Donovan, their friends, and their enemies. I think you’ll have trouble putting the book down once you start reading.